Yesterday Mikey and I went to go see Contraband at the Rave Movie Theater on Bayou in Pensacola. It was the 4:35 showing. I tell you all the details, not because they are important but I can hope those I am about to talk about read this. We get to the theater about 15 minutes before the show. We buy out tickets and walk into the theater. It is packed with people. We find two seats in the front row. To my left is an older group of four and to Mikey’s right is a twenty something group of four. Behind us is a group of four men. Before the show starts they are all talking within their groups. This is no big deal.
The lights dim and the talking continues. This goes on through the previews. I can handle this as well. The show begins and all three groups are still talking. Okay, so they are finishing the conversations. The opening titles, the group to my left stops talking, the guys behind us mumble a few things, and a female to our right is still chattering away. Here is the situation, THROUGHOUT the movie the woman to our right holds a conversation with her boyfriend (I am assuming) and female friend the entire movie, the group of men behind us comments off and on to one another, and the group to our left do a commentary on the movie. PLEASE keep in mind the group to the left are older so they are not whispering but talking rather loud letting me know what is taking place before my eyes as it happens. It is like the annoying sports announcers during a televised game (by the way, what a ridicules job to have).
Here is my point, when the lights go down SHUT UP! There should be no talking or texting during a movie. When you are at a movie theater you need to be quiet. This is not your home. There ARE others around you who would like to watch the movie as well. Your talking and texting (as non discreet as you may think you are) is disruptive. If I wanted to be annoyed with idle chatter I will watch the super bowl. The darkness of any theater should be a sign to all that it is time to be quiet. It is not the time to catch up with current gossip or to become the next great Howard Cosell. Sit, watch the movie, enjoy and once the lights come up then talk; text; hell I don’t care, make a phone call.
As for the movie itself, I would give it a B-. It was a slow movie with little action. The actors were okay but I think my biggest issue was in the writing. In retrospect I should have waited until I could see it in my own living room; where there would have been silence.